Women planning for an upcoming breast augmentation surgery are often concerned about the recovery period. The recovery can be somewhat involved, and it is often seen as a hindrance for patients, especially those who lead busy, active lives.
While the pandemic has made recovering from cosmetic surgery a lot easier and more private, some women are still looking for ways to speed up the recovery process themselves. Unfortunately, expediting the recovery period can put the body at significant risk.
With that, let’s take a moment to look at fast post-op recovery by discussing five essential things to keep in mind after breast augmentation surgery.
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5 Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation Tips
1. Flash Recoveries Don’t Work without Specific Techniques
Many patients and doctors have been looking for ways to expedite the recovery period. Techniques for “flash breast augmentation recovery” exist and can be easily found through a simple search on Google.
However, I strongly do not recommend any of these methods as it can complicate – if not damage – your breasts during recovery without the proper technique implemented during surgery. With these techniques, patients are encouraged to move and be active soon after their surgery. Although most of this is well tolerated, there is an increased risk for bleeding or hematoma in the recovery period with too much activity. Any complications from using flash recovery methods would require additional surgery to correct, thereby extending your initial recovery period and ultimately costing you more in the process.
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2. Rest is Important
Your breast augmentation surgeon will take every step to ensure that your breast implant surgery is as minimally-invasive as possible during the procedure itself. Even then, it is still crucial to rest through the first week following your procedure. Your body is adjusting to the implants’ new presence while recovering from the trauma of having undergone surgery. Blood vessels must heal to prevent further unexpected bleeding, swelling needs to subside, and your body needs the energy to heal.
In short, your body is doing what it does naturally: healing itself. Interfering with that process can only lead to more complications.
3. Keep a Steady Stock of Surgical Bras
The continued use of surgical bras during this period can enhance your comfort while giving your breasts additional support. Surgical bras are made from high-quality, breathable fabrics with no wires to provide 24-hour compression and facilitate healing and comfort. Because of this, I highly suggest maintaining a steady supply of 2 – 3 surgical bras during the recovery period. Patients are encouraged to find front zip, supportive bras that should be worn as much as possible over the first 3 months after surgery.
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4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
The doctor’s prescribed medication is beneficial in alleviating the common post-op discomfort. However, you still can’t fully perform household chores and necessary day-to-day activities for at least three weeks.
Plan ahead by preemptively cleaning the house, completing the laundry, and shop for items you will eventually need or want during the recovery process. I recommend having a friend, loved one, or family member with you during the first couple of days after surgery to assist you around the home. Doing so will ease a lot of unnecessary stress your body may experience.
5. Follow-up Appointments with Your Doctor is Important
Follow-up appointments must be regularly scheduled with your plastic surgeon in the weeks and months after your surgery. During these appointments, your surgeon will assess your breasts’ current physical condition and observe the way your body has healed and adjusted to the implants. Any concerns you have during this time can be discussed with your physician.
And Most Importantly
The recovery period is the most important step in the entire process. So my advice is to step back, relax, and take it easy. The results from your breast augmentation are already visible immediately following your surgery and will only improve with time and patience as your body heals.
Under the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation yields very gratifying results that enhance the body’s natural contours. The best way to truly benefit from this procedure is by taking the necessary time and care to rest in the weeks after surgery.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.